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May 2, 2014 208

White Supremacist Conference Again Aims to Mobilize Whites

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Amer­i­can Renais­sance Speak­ers Group Photo

The white suprema­cist  group New Cen­tury Foun­da­tion has, for the third time, held its Amer­i­can Renais­sance (AmRen) gath­er­ing  at a con­fer­ence cen­ter at a national park in Burns, Ten­nessee.  On April 25–27, the approx­i­mately 175 atten­dees at the event heard speak­ers voice their ideas about how to mobi­lize whites by high­light­ing their cul­ture and her­itage. This year’s con­fer­ence also expanded on last year’s theme of cre­at­ing a white ethno-state on the North Amer­i­can continent.

The con­fer­ence fea­tured some new speak­ers, and some con­fer­ence vet­er­ans such as Sam Dick­son, a long­time white suprema­cist and speaker at the pre­vi­ous eleven AmRen con­fer­ences.  In his speech, Dick­son claimed Amer­ica was founded on the “lie” that all men were cre­ated equal. He asserted that a new nar­ra­tive needs to be cre­ated for whites, which rejects the con­cepts of free­dom and indi­vid­u­al­ism pro­moted by the Tea Party and the belief in equal­ity pro­moted by Pres­i­dent Obama. Jack Dono­van, a con­trib­u­tor to the white suprema­cist online pub­li­ca­tion Counter-Currents, echoed Dickson’s com­ments when respond­ing to a ques­tion about form­ing a new iden­tity for whites in North Amer­ica, say­ing that any new iden­tity must be dif­fer­ent from that of the found­ing fathers who he claimed started off with “failure.”

John Mor­gan, the editor-in-chief of the Hungary-based far-right pub­lish­ing house Ark­tos, called for whites within the move­ment to start reflect­ing a pos­i­tive out­look in order to influ­ence oth­ers. To do that, Mor­gan urged whites to high­light and praise their cul­ture, in the form of books, art and films. Mor­gan also lamented the “cul­ture of con­sumerism” active in the West today. Donovan’s speech sim­i­larly crit­i­cized the cul­ture of con­sumerism which, he said, has left a cul­tural void. Dono­van claimed the only way to stop this is to aban­don the “uni­ver­sal” in favor of the “tribal” thus pro­mot­ing a cul­ture that is “dis­crim­i­na­tory” and pro­motes the idea of identity.

Jared Tay­lor, the head the New Cen­tury Foun­da­tion, claimed the prob­lem with whites is that they are too con­cerned with help­ing oth­ers and not them­selves, which, he argued, leads to their down­fall. Tay­lor called the con­fer­ence atten­dees “mis­sion­ar­ies” and insisted they must appeal to the soul of whites, not the mind. Their work, he main­tained, is very dif­fi­cult because many of the peo­ple they are try­ing to influ­ence think of whites in the move­ment as “evil,” and there­fore rude, arro­gant, or mean-spirited.

As was the case at last year’s event, many young white suprema­cists were present, includ­ing Brad Grif­fin, who runs the racist web­site Occi­den­tal Dis­sent, and his wife Renee Baum, the daugh­ter of Gor­don Baum, leader of the white suprema­cist Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens. Richard Spencer, head of the white suprema­cist think tank National Pol­icy Insti­tute (NPI) also attended, as did Matthew Heim­bach of the white suprema­cist activist group Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN) and his friend Scott Terry. Patrick Sharp, who founded the White Stu­dent Union at Geor­gia State Uni­ver­sity and Holo­caust denier Mark Weber from the anti-Semitic Insti­tute for His­tor­i­cal Review were also present.

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